Young at Heart

Published on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 by JoAn Newby

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It was a wonderful month, the month of June, with sunshiny days and all the wonders of our great Northwest corner and the many activities of Blaine Senior Center.  The center is a vital part of our community, and community support is very important and much appreciated.

Evelyn Yarbough, one of the center’s long-time and much appreciated members expressed why she likes the Blaine Senior Center as follows, “Its current membership includes people from 50 to 101 years old (Vera Cruz is 101).” 

So a newcomer is sure to find someone who shares the same age and interests.  The warmth and caring shared by all seems to have permeated the walls – strangers always remark on the unusual ambience they encounter here. 
We exercise, play games, take classes, make crafts, and maybe the most important of all, we laugh.  Not just a little, or on special occasions but most of the time – at ourselves and each other.  We believe that laughter is one of the most important ingredients of our mental and physical health.”

The beginners 8-week Tai Chi class started in June and has many active participates. The next beginner’s class is schedules in October.  The advanced Tai chi class continues. Also there is the new Foot Care unit which comes to us every month. All who received foot care through them recommended their service.

The center also celebrated Father’s Day with a Hawaiian Celebration, and are thankful for Brandi Edwards and Debbie Schauel and senior center member, Ellen Bonebrake for their demonstration of hula dancing accompanied by Hawaiian music.  Almost everyone was dressed in their best Hawaiian garb, making for a colorful display.  The men won prizes, well it was Father’s Day after all, and a lunch of Teriyaki chicken, tropical fruit bowl, and pineapple upsidedown cake was served.

The June birthday lunch, deemed Merry Berry Day, was celebrated with mounds of strawberry shortcake. Also, we saw that everybody enjoyed the scrupulous pancake breakfast of pancake or waffle or biscuit and gravy along with sausage and scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice. 

Some enjoyed the great nautical adventure day by riding on the Plover and then returned to the Center and enjoyed a seafaring lunch of Florentine Fish and listened to the story of the Plover by Captain Richard Sturgill.  Sheila Clemens played a few sea tunes on her fiddle to complete the program.

Another date to remember is the Dog Days of Summer, Friday morning, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at the south parking lot, so bring your leashed canine friend with you and introduce him/her to the other friendly dogs and people.

The lunch menu will be grilled hotdogs, with chili beans, cheese and onions, potato salad and strawberry shortcake!
Birthday lunch will be served July 23rd with turkey and cranberry sauce, and accompanied by readings by Frank Thompson. 

A very special date to save is the picnic at Peace Arch Park.  Rain or shine, the lunch will be served with BBQ cheeseburgers, with the trimmings, potato salad and more.  Come and take a stroll to see the flowers and many statues in the park. Bring along the grandkids, friends, family, and join the gathering. Bocce Ball will be playing before lunch and the Old Time Fiddlers will be performing at 12:30.

Strength Training Class started July 7, Tuesday. There is a one time fee of $60, due the first day of class. 
A physician’s release form is necessary for participation and use of the array of Cybex strength training equipment, rowing machines or treadmills.

The summer schedule includes pool, stretch exercise and Bocce ball, and Take a Walk, Tuesdays and Thursday mornings and bridge games at 1:00 in the afternoons.  Bible class is currently on Friday mornings. 
The afternoon painting class will meet during July and take a vacation in August.

Doesn’t everyone want to be an artist, well, they can be, come and see!

Wednesday mornings are made for china painting and many fine pieces are being created.  Blood pressure is measured on Thursday mornings by friendly firemen.

Fridays bring crafts and tea time and ladies pool. 

Have a wonderful rest of summer, don’t miss out on the Senior Center fun!